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University of Worcester Ranks in Top Four in University Sustainability Survey

The University of Worcester has been ranked in the top four most sustainable universities in the country.

People & Planet has placed the University of Worcester fourth out of 154 universities in the UK in its University League 2017, which measures environmental performance at higher education institutions – improving on last year’s fifth ranking.

This is the fourth consecutive year the University has been ranked in the top five.

The campaigning group looks at all public funded universities in the country and uses public information provided by the universities to assess areas like waste and recycling, sustainable food, energy sources, engagement and education.

The top 30 universities receive a 'First class' degree style classification in the 10th annual People & Planet University League.

This comes after the University, alongside Worcester City Council, was recognised nationally for their work to promote sustainability earlier this month.

They won two Green Apple Environmental awards for joint initiatives; one to encourage students to recycle in their houses by providing them with informative recycling bags and the other the Go Green Week event, featuring a range of green activities, which was held in the city centre in April.

Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability at the University of Worcester, said: “We are extremely proud of remaining in the top five most sustainable universities.

“Coming so soon after the two Green Apple awards this just shows how all our hard work is paying dividend and how our approach is making a difference to life at the university, but also to the local community and its businesses.”

Hannah Smith, Co-Director of Research and Campaigns at People & Planet, said: “The University of Worcester continues to impress us as we celebrate a decade of publishing the People & Planet University League table. The University shows exemplary commitment and performance in sustainability. This year it has climbed up to 4th position and as ever with Worcester, it is a recognition truly deserved."